Men’s soccer scores two unanswered goals to defeat Georgia Southern
Predrag Ivanovic scored JU's first goal in a win over Georgia Southern
Predrag Ivanovic scored JU's first goal in a win over Georgia Southern
Senior Predrag Ivanovic and sophomore Nick Rodriguez scored back-to-back goals to help the JU men’s soccer team erase an early deficit en route to a 2-1 win over Georgia Southern on Wednesday in Statesboro, Ga.

The Dolphins concluded the schedule’s non-conference portion with a 3-5-1 record and wins in two of the last three games. Georgia Southern fell to 5-3-1.

“It’s not the way we wanted to start, but I’m proud of our guys for how they came back,” JU coach Mike Johnson said. “We came out more focused and with more energy to start the second half. We fought hard and this win was good for our psyche.”

Georgia Southern took the early lead on Alex Evert’s goal off a corner just 8:48 in. But JU got the tying goal before halftime when Ivanovic blasted a shot from the edge of the 18-yard box in the 21st minute. That marked the midfielder’s second goal of the season and first since Sept. 11 at FIU.

Rodriguez put the Dolphins ahead for good in the 59th minute, scoring off a cross to build a 2-1 edge. Freshman Ashton Pett facilitated the scoring strike, gaining possession and sending the pass across to his teammate.

Rodriguez played the cross at the far post, drawing goalkeeper Ryan Platt out of the net. The second-year forward capitalized on the opening by shooting the ball into the open net. Rodriguez tied Stefan Durr for the team lead in goals with three.

Senior goalkeeper Johnny Foley posted five saves, including two in the second half to preserve the victory. After going 0-1-1 on the road and losing a neutral site contest, the Dolphins registered a victory away from the Ashley Sports Complex for the first time this year.

JU will now gear up for Atlantic Sun Conference play, starting on Sunday when the Dolphins travel to Macon, Ga. to face Mercer. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.